Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in Mountain West Conference
Country United States
First awarded 2000
Currently held by Xavier Thames, San Diego State

The Mountain West Conference (MW) Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Mountain West Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1999–00 season—the first year of the conference's existence. As of 2014, no player has received the award multiple times. Two winners of the conference award were consensus national Players of the Year—Andrew Bogut of the University of Utah in 2004–05 and Jimmer Fredette of Brigham Young University (BYU) in 2010–11.

Through 2014, BYU has the most winners with five, with New Mexico and Utah in second place with four. The only current conference members with a winner are New Mexico with four, San Diego State with three, and Air Force with one (BYU and Utah both left for other conferences in 2011). The remaining eight all-sports members are yet to have a winner, but only three—Colorado State, UNLV and Wyoming—are charter MW members (the rest all joined in 2011 or later).

Key[edit]

Co-Players of the Year
* Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
Naismith College Player of the Year (1968–69 to present)
John R. Wooden Award (1976–77 to present)
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Mountain West Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Andrew Bogut is one of three sophomores to win the MWC Player of the Year award. He was also selected as the national player of the year in 2005.
Like Bogut, Jimmer Fredette was the concurrent national player of the year.
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1999–00 Jensen, AlexAlex Jensen Utah Forward Senior
2000–01 Wesley, MekeliMekeli Wesley Brigham Young Forward Senior
2001–02 Johnsen, BrittonBritton Johnsen Utah Forward Junior
2002–03 Douglas, RubenRuben Douglas New Mexico Point guard/Shooting guard Senior
2003–04 Araújo, RafaelRafael Araújo Brigham Young Center Senior
2003–04 Welch, NickNick Welch Air Force Center Sophomore
2004–05 Bogut, AndrewAndrew Bogut* Utah Power forward/Center Sophomore
2005–06 Heath, BrandonBrandon Heath San Diego State Shooting guard Junior
2006–07 Young, KeenaKeena Young Brigham Young Guard Senior
2007–08 Cummard, LeeLee Cummard Brigham Young Small forward Junior
2007–08 Giddens, J. R.J. R. Giddens New Mexico Shooting guard Senior
2008–09 Nevill, LukeLuke Nevill Utah Center Senior
2009–10 Hobson, DaringtonDarington Hobson New Mexico Small forward Junior
2010–11 Fredette, JimmerJimmer Fredette* Brigham Young Point guard Senior [1]
2011–12 Franklin, JamaalJamaal Franklin San Diego State Shooting guard Sophomore [2]
2012–13 Williams, KendallKendall Williams New Mexico Shooting guard Junior [3]
2013–14 Thames, XavierXavier Thames San Diego State Shooting guard Senior [4]

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Brigham Young (1999)[a 1] 5 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011
New Mexico (1999) 4 2003, 2008, 2010, 2013
Utah (1999)[a 2] 4 2000, 2002, 2005, 2009
San Diego State (1999) 3 2006, 2012, 2014
Air Force (1999) 1 2004
Boise State (2011) 0
Colorado State (1999) 0
Fresno State (2012) 0
Nevada (2012) 0
San Jose State (2013) 0
Texas Christian (TCU) (2005)[a 3] 0
UNLV (1999) 0
Utah State (2013) 0
Wyoming (1999) 0

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ BYU left in 2011 to join the West Coast Conference.
  2. ^ Utah left in 2011 to join what is now the Pacific-12 Conference.
  3. ^ TCU left in 2012 to join the Big 12 Conference.

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